For­mer Leaf Tiger Wil­liams ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault while on mil­i­tary flight

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - SPORTS -

OT­TAWA — For­mer NHL en­forcer Dave (Tiger) Wil­liams is fac­ing sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault, af­ter in­ci­dents on a Cana­dian Forces air­craft.

The Cana­dian Forces Provost Mar­shal’s of­fice says the al­leged vic­tim re­ported the in­ci­dents in De­cem­ber while Wil­liams was tak­ing part in a morale trip to Latvia.

A spokesman for the of­fice, Lieutenant (Navy) Blake Pat­ter­son, says Wil­liams was charged Wed­nes­day with two counts of sex­ual as­sault and as­sault un­der the Crim­i­nal Code and was ar­rested by mil­i­tary po­lice on Fri­day.

Wil­liams was re­leased from cus­tody on a prom­ise to ap­pear in court.

A hear­ing date has not yet been set.

While the mil­i­tary laid the charges, the case will go to civil­ian court in Ot­tawa, where the flight orig­i­nated.

“The ac­cused was a pas­sen­ger on the flight as part of the sanc­tioned morale visit to de­ployed Cana­dian Armed Forces per­son­nel,” Pat­ter­son said.

The vic­tim, who is not be­ing iden­ti­fied, re­ported the as­sault dur­ing the flight, he added.

The Cana­dian Forces Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice said it is treat­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions se­ri­ously.

“In all cases, no mat­ter who the ac­cused is, we strive to re­store the dig­nity of vic­tims by fully in­ves­ti­gat­ing their com­plaints, gath­er­ing ev­i­dence, re­con­struct­ing events, and if war­ranted, lay­ing ap­pro­pri­ate charges,” the ser­vices com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Lt.-Col. Kevin Cad­man, said in a state­ment.

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